If you have recently lost a lot of weight and have been left with loose or baggy skin around your bottom and thighs, a lower body lift could help remove this and improve your appearance.
A thigh and buttock lift, sometimes known as a lower body lift when performed together, is a way of helping to get rid of areas of sagging skin that you have not been able to shift through diet or exercise.
If you have been left with loose or baggy skin around your bottom and thighs after losing a large amount of weight, a thigh and/or buttock lift could help to give you a smoother, more trim looking figure.
Severe cellulite can also sometimes be improved by having this procedure, which is relatively simple to perform.
Though permanent, it is better to have a buttock or thigh lift after you have achieved your target weight and it shouldn’t be considered as a way to lose weight in itself.
You’ll meet your consultant in one of our private consultation rooms. During this time you will be able to explain your medical history and ask any questions that you might have.
All of our cosmetic surgeons are of the highest calibre. A cosmetic surgeon’s reputation, qualifications and experience are vitally important, so we only work with consultant grade specialists. These are highly experienced consultants who have completed years of medical training.
All our consultants are on the specialist register of the General Medical Council (GMC), and many are also members of the UK’s leading cosmetic and plastic surgery associations.
On the day of your operation, our ward staff will show you to your own private room. We’ll do all we can to make sure you’re comfortable while you’re with us.
Your private room will have an en-suite bathroom and TV and Wi-Fi facilities.
Our nurses will help you prepare for your operation. Before your procedure, you will meet with your consultant again and your anaesthetist.
During the procedure, your surgeon will make incisions on your thigh and/or buttocks to remove excess skin and fat. For inner thigh lifts the incisions will usually be made inside the leg but for outer thigh and buttock work, they are often made just above the buttocks.
After the skin and fat have been removed, incisions will be stitched closed and covered by dressings while small, thin tubes might be temporarily inserted in the wound to drain away any excess fluid.
The operation is usually performed under general anaesthetic so you will be asleep throughout.
The procedure can take several hours, depending on how many areas of your body are being lifted and how much skin and fat is being removed.
You are likely to stay in hospital for one or two nights after your operation.
Soft dressings will be applied and temporary tubes may be inserted to drain the wound. At first your legs and bottom will be numb, sore and bruised following a lower body lift.
We will provide you with a supply of all the medicines your consultant feels you need to take home with you after you’ve left hospital, up to 14 days. This may be at an additional cost to some patients.
You will have to restrict your activities initially and during recovery, the best position is to lie on your stomach or to be standing, because you should try not to sit down for a few weeks. To clean the area, you should shower daily with an antibacterial soap.
You will need to plan time off work so that you can recover at home.
You will be able to return to most normal activities within two and a half weeks – including returning to work – and back to full activity in six weeks.
When you meet with your consultant you can discuss the changes you are hoping to achieve.
The consultant will explain the results you can expect from the surgery and when you can expect to see the final result.
Your consultant is likely to want to see you after your operation.
A follow up appointment will be made for you before you leave the hospital.
Once you’re ready to be discharged, you’ll need to arrange for a friend or family member to take you home as you won’t be able to drive.
On rare occasions, complications following a lower body lift can occur.
The chance of complications depends on the exact type of treatment that you are having and other factors such as your general health.
We will talk to you about the possible risks and complications of having this procedure and how they apply to you.
If you have any questions or concerns, we’re here when you need us. You can call our Nursing team on 01424 757459.
If your surgeon is undertaking liposuction as part of the procedure, or to another part of your body at the same time, our policy is that we will remove no more than a maximum of 2000ml of aspirate (fat and fluid) from all areas combined.
Occasionally incisions will also be made around your torso.
Your surgeon will discuss which type of incision he plans to make with you before the procedure.
Your surgery will be performed by your consultant surgeon.